What the heck is Wrong with these pears?

Posted May 30th, 2014 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (0).

Conventional PearsMy family eats mostly organic. We grow a lot of our own produce, and shop at natural food stores for the rest. The other day I was running late so I stopped at a big-name grocery store on the way home to pick up dinner and some fruit for the week. Pears are my favorite, and I typically eat one a day. That day, I bought twelve conventional pears, all green, and put them in a fruit bowl on the counter to ripen.

Pears are one of those fruits that will continue to ripen off the vine like peaches, tomatoes, and bananas so I waited a week and cut one open, only to find it still hard and crunchy inside. Strange. After two weeks the conventional pear skins had begun to shrivel, but the insides remained hard, and bland. I knew producers sprayed potatoes and bananas to keep them shelf stable, but I’d never had that happen with pears before.

I searched the web, and even went back to the store to ask the manager if he knew what they’d been sprayed with. He said he’d look into it, but alas I have yet to hear from him. In the end, I put the pears in my yard waste bin. I didn’t even want them in my home compost, because who knew what they’d been sprayed with.

It never fails. You can’t beat organic.

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